Mall rats nowadays don’t have any reason not to go to the church every Sunday. Most of us for sure have noticed the supposed to be sacred and holy masses inside malls which are perfectly attended by religious shopaholics. But this seems to defeat the very essence and sacredness of holy mass. With the barefaced mall noise, distracting sale and 50% off posters, aroma of good food stuff, attention-getting colorful lights and not to mention the busy shoppers walking to and fro, one may really find it hard to concentrate and feel the presence of God. HOLY Mass seems to become more of a mall promo than what it is supposed to be.
In Batangas City, where SM mall has become a landmark, a new church has risen beside it – a neoclassic type of church separate from the mall complex. The church has become a attraction itself, a place to go to not for shop-till-you drop shopaholics but for the wider public. A church called Simbahan ng Santissima Trinidad (Church of the Holy Trinity).
Antonio Acosta Pastor is the man behind this endeavor. Antonio or often called Tonying is the executive director of the Batangas Cultural and Historical Commission. He is also a lawyer and a musician at the same time.
According to the Pastors, the Sys bought the land from them where SM City Batangas stands now. After a year, the SM wanted to buy the land adjacent lot for a more spacious parking. And because SM was already there, the value of the land had increased.
Both parties agreed on the price and made a deal. SM will have the lot for the parking at the current value but the money must be used to build a church on the 6,000 sq m church property beside SM. This church lot was part of the Manela Pastor estate donated to the archdiocese in 1966 when Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales was still the Bishop.
Since the Pastor clan lwanted to build a church, this deal with the Sys had made this a reality. According to Tonying, the money literally did not pass through his hands for it goes straight for the church’s construction.
But then again, the Pastors want the people to own the church; every stone of it and so through donations of church goers, people pay back the Pastors. The money that returns to the clan goes straight to the foundation, which is involved in cultural, educational and health projects that benefit the community.
Here are some more photos we have taken during our visit to the church:
Meanwhile, the following texts can be found on the tablet near the church entrance:
SIMBAHAN NG SANTISSIMA TRINIDAD
Pastor Village, Brgy. Palyokan Kanluran, Batangas City
“Kung hindi Diyos ang gumagawa ng bahay,
Walang saysay ang pagod ng mga nagtatayo nito.”
Ang simbahang ito ay nakatayo sa anim na libong (6000) metro kwadradong lote na ipinagkaloob ng yumaong Doña Manuela Quinio Pastor. Ayon sa kanyang simulain, isinagawa ito ng kanyang butihing pamangkin na si Atty. Antonio A. Pastor. Ang pagkakaloob ng lote para sa Simbahang Lokal ay naganap noong ika-14 ng Mayo, taong 1996, samantalang nasa pamamahala noon ng Arsobispo Gaudencio Borbon Rosales.
Ang paghuhugos naman ng panulukang-bato ng bagong simbahan ay isinagawa noong ika-21 ng Mayo, taong 2005, sa pangunguna ng kasalukuyang Arsobispo Ramon Cabrera Arguelles.
Nagsimula ang pagpapatayo (construction) ng simbahan noong ika-8 ng Setyembre, taong 2006 kaarawan ng Mahal na Birheng Maria, pagkatapos ng Misa na ginanap sa lugal na ito.
Mula sa mga dakilang galaw at hiwaga ng Diyos at sa tulong na rin ng napagpalang kamay ng mga taong dumamay, natapos ang pagpapagawa ng simbahang ito sa loob lamang ng humigit’t kumulang isang taon. Ang pondong pinauna at ipinagpagawa ay nagmula sa Pastor Quinio Family Memorial Foundation, Inc. sa kasunduang mahabang panahong pagsusulit na walang interes, na maisasagawa sa pamamagitan ng patuloy na donasyon ng mga mananampalatayang Katoliko.
Ang disenyong ng mga simbahang ito ay ginuhit ni Arkitekto Noli M. Bernardo mula sa Lungsod ng Quezon. Ang disenyo ng buong altar ay iginuhit naman ni Reb. P. Alex Bautista, mula naman sa Diyosesis ng Tarlac. Ang bumubuo naman ng simbahan ay ang DDT Konstract sa pangunguna ni G. Danilio D. Tamayo.
Itinaguyod ang sambayanang kristiyano sa lugal na ito sa patnubay ng Diyos sa Kanyang Tatlong Persona ikinonsagra ang simbahan bilang Simbahan ng Santissima Trinidad, itinalaga bilang uang Kura PAroko si Reb. P.Ilde Tolentino Dimaano sa pangunguna ng Arsobispo ng Lipa, Ramon Cabrera Arguelles ngayong ika-12 Nobyembre, taong 2007.[tags]Holy Trinity Church, Simbahan ng Santissima Trinidad, SM City Batangas, Photos, Altar, Antonio Pastor, Wedding Church, Pictures of Holy Trinity Church, [/tags]